Mike Dempsey

Growth Chains: M Burger 
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises jumps into better-burger scene.
Customers turn to tap water in restaurants 
Tap water is one of the fastest-growing beverage orders at U.S. restaurants
NRN 50: Branding craveability 
Signature menu items define concepts, help drive sales
NRN 50: Caffeine scene 
Increased coffee demand perks up chain sales
Q&A with 2010 Golden Chain winner Sally Smith 
The Buffalo Wild Wings chief executive expounds on how the casual-dining chain's steady growth and what issues will be facing the industry when she takes over becomes the National Restaurant Association chairman in 2011.
Sally Smith promotes team culture at Buffalo Wild Wings 
Sally Smith reflected on the last time she and Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar won a Golden Chain award. The casual-dining chain was not yet a public company and had fewer than 200 stores in 2003. 

Newk’s Express Café 
Once Chris Newcomb, Don Newcomb and Debra Bryson opened the first Newk’s Express Café in...
Analyst: More restaurant buyouts ahead 
On the heels of the buyout news from Rubio’s Restaurants Inc., Keybanc Capital Markets...
KFC, fried-food lovers hit the jackpot with Double Down debut 
To many people, I suppose, bacon, cheese and spicy mayo sandwiched between two pieces of fried chicken represents overindulgence—a heart-attack-inducing, fat-filled concoction of epic proportions. To me, it looks like heaven.
Uno to jazz up its spring menu 
BOSTON Uno Chicago Grill is jazzing up its kitchen with a New Orleans-themed menu for...
A look at industry same-store sales 
Nearly all public restaurant companies reported fourth-quarter same-store sales results this month, and winter storms...
Tossed rebrands and readies for growth 
FORT LAUDERDALE Fla. After scaling back from 12 units to eight last year, Tossed is...
Chili's adds online ordering 
DALLAS Chili’s Bar and Grill is rolling out an online ordering system that allows customers...
Vancouver restaurants scored big during Olympics 
VANCOUVER British Columbia Just as countries around the world racked up medals, Vancouver-area restaurants tallied...

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